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I have a new appreciation for the long time hair designers of Second Life. Do you people even realise how many hours went into that hair you got for $L195 or about 70 cents usd? I just started to make some hair for guys I will have out at my store, AlleyCat Studios, in a few weeks. But since they are seriously lacking in good mens styles  I spent about 20 hours making 1 yes ONE style of hair. Twenty hours in all.

How? Well first you make the style.. then you fit the style, then you do all the recolors for that style, then photograph the style, then box it and set it out for sale. That is a lot of work!

So next time you find that awesome hair, take a moment to thank the designer for making it possible, chances are they spent over 20 hours on it! And we have not even covered marketing the hair..

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From September 27 – October 5 there will be a celebration of life and art called burning life. Burning life is a virtual party of sorts based off the real world celebration called Burning Man which is held in Nevada.

This year my friends Delena and August are joining me to create a theme camp for the event we are calling “The Pimp & Ho Training Camp”. We jokingly came up with the idea to submit in an attempt to get a prime spot. Well.. we got one!

So we are really excited about all the fun nonsense that will shortly commence! We are making tons of freebies for the event, go team AlleyCat Studios! We will have funky pimping music courtesy of August the Mack, and bling pimp cups courtesy of the exotic Delena, decor will be done by me, Cathereine Night, and we hope to kidnap…err.. that is grab… err.. get some people to help with events and atmosphere.

Check us out at Burning Life! (and let me know if you wanna help out)

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The SLCC 08 convention was held in Tampa, FL at the Mariott Waterside hotel. My overall feeling is that it was an amazingly well done event. Those who worked so hard, including all the volunteers and speakers should give themselves a pat on the back, it was superb.

The hotel was gorgeous, the meeting rooms were clean, well appointed, and comfortable. The breakfasts and lunches were delicious and fresh, and the wait staff were courteous and prompt. I mention these things because so often the service in even higher class locations such as this, is typically poor, but not here!

There were some wonderful discussions on each track. Personally I was there for the business track, but I also paid some attention to the education aspects of the convention. One thing that really struck me was how intelligent the Second Life community is. I spoke with so many surprisingly insightful people, It felt like heaven.

I must say that Philip Rosedale is quite the exceptional man. Not only did he create Linden Labs and Second Life, but he also took time to stop and chat with my friends and I for several minutes. I really appreciate it when people who have achieved sucess, do not act as though they are somehow better than everyone else around them, so many do, but not Philip. That fact really makes me want to renew my efforts to do everything I can to be a productive part of Second Life.

Then there was my personal reasons for attending. I met some of the people I knew from SL, most notably my good friend August. If nothing else had come from the trip, that alone would have been worth everything I did to get to Tampa. D and I enjoyed getting to know him in person and it just confirms what I already knew about him, He is one awesome guy!

I also attended Strokers Ball, held by Stroker Serpentine. The party was held a Banana Joe’s, a really popular nightlife hot spot just above the Splitsville bowling alley. I had to see Splitsville considering I built the Second Life version in-world when I worked with Dire Lobo on the project.

Banana Joe’s was in a great location, but to be honest the room was way over crowded! That speaks for the sucess of the party, so next year Stroker … we need more space! The umm.. blow up dolls were an interesting bar decoration, and the goodie bags had err… umm.. *grins* Well in any case I am sure people will be thanking Stroker and his sponsors all year long.

I am a bit sad now that it is all said and done, it was an amazing time that I will keep in my memories forever. The conference, the party, even my trip to see the beach at sunset. I can hardly wait for next year!

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SLCC of the Second Life Community Convention is just a few short days away! I am so excited because my husband and I are all ready to go and have a good time. I mean learn… we are going to learn new things.. *giggles*

I am a little dissapointed because so many of my friends will not be able to make it to SLCC, so I guess I will just have to take lots of pictures, as long as those in the photos are ok with that of course. I did notice there are quite a few rules pertaining to that on the official SLCC08 website ( slconvention.org ) and I do not blame some for wanting thier privacy.

There is also the Strokerz Ball ( strokerzball.com ) event thrown by Stroker Serpentine of Strokers Toyz, someone I met way back in 05 who was always a nice guy and who probably does not remember me by now, LOL. Anyways the party is Leather, Lace, and Latex and I am so going.

Im so excited I can hardly wait!

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My professor for Critical Thinking at Devry really impressed me with his parting letter. I felt like it was something really special and I really wanted to share. This is wonderful advice for anyone to remember.

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Hello Class:

Thought I’d send some information on careers to close out the course.  Enjoy!!

When Winston Churchill was a young man, his father concluded that Winston was unfit for a career in law or politics because he did so badly in school.

Barbara Streisand’s mother told her she wasn’t pretty enough to be an actress and she could never become a singer because her voice wasn’t good enough.

Conrad Hilton, who created a business empire with his Hilton Hotels, once overheard his father say to his mother, “Mary, I do not know what will become of Connie. I’m afraid he’ll never amount to anything.”

When Charles Darwin was getting ready to set sail on his five-year expedition on the Beagle, his father was extremely disappointed. He thought his son was drifting into a life of sin and idleness.

George Washington’s mother was a harping, complaining, self-centered woman by all accounts. She belittled Washington’s accomplishments and didn’t show up at either of his presidential inaugurations. She was always whining that her children neglected her, and she was especially enraged when her son George ran off to command the army for the American Revolution. She honestly believed it was his duty to stay home and take care of her.

In his youth, the late Leonard Bernstein, one of the most talented and successful composers in American history, was continually pressured by his father to give up his music and do something worthwhile, like help out in his family’s beauty-supply business. After Leonard became famous, his father was asked about that, and he answered, “Well how was I supposed to know he was the Leonard Bernstein!”

People may criticize you or make fun of your ideas or actively try to stop you. Often their efforts are only attempts to protect you from failure. But failure is only a possibility if you stop. If you keep going, a failure is just another learning experience. And besides, giving up on a heartfelt aspiration is worse than failing. “Many people die,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes, “with their music still in them.” That’s true tragedy.

So listen politely to the worries and criticisms of your friends and family, and do your best to put their minds at ease, but then carry on. Listen last to your own heart.  You know yourself better than anyone on earth. Make sure your song is sung.

Good luck in all that you do!

Regards,

Mark.

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For whatever reason I think today is going to be a great day. Today will be the day that life will start getting better! Why? Im not entirely sure but I just know it! Even though I did not with the PCH Super Prize.. lol But congrats to the lady who did!

I hope that soon I will be able to present my book to the world. I am writing a book about Second Life with tutorials and illustrations to detail how to start a business for the average person. Writing a book takes a long time!

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I decided to share an assignment I wrote for my Critical Thinking class. The assignment was to find articles on personal finance. I found a couple good ones for advice on raising your credit score. 

SITE 1 Summary

 

For my first article I choose Personal finance: raising credit score can save you money. The article begins by highlighting the current issues with trouble in the mortgage industry. They go on to explain why having a good credit score is important, as well as what the numbers mean. They then follow up their explanation with a few things that you can do to improve your credit. They finish by outlining exactly what each range of credit score means to a lender and their customer.

I chose this topic because it relates directly to my current personal situation. Due to several unpleasant life upheavals, my credit is now very poor. Researching this information is a good way to begin to turn that around. This is relevant to personal finance because credit scores are directly linked to your ability to make large purchases, obtain loans, or even to get a good job.

SITE 2 Summary

For my second article I choose Letters: raising credit scores. This article begins by explaining that they will be reading letters sent in, and letting an expert named Liz Pulliam-Weston, a personal finance columnist for MSN Money and the author of Your Credit Score: How to Fix, Improve, and Protect the Three Digit Number that Shapes Your Financial Future, answer them. Six different letters are reviewed and then answered regarding various things that affect credit score, and how to fix them. The expert and author is then thanked after giving very good advice.

I chose this article because it has several varied views on different credit difficulties. The answers given to each question were relevant and well thought out. This relates to personal finance very well considering the varied financial scenario’s of each of those who sent in a letter. Each letter refers directly to credit score’s, one of the most important personal financial numbers.

References

Emily Bregel (04/11/2007). Personal finance: raising credit score can save you money. Chattanooga Times/Free Press (TN) Newspaper, Retrieved (7/22/08) from EBSCOhost database.

Neal Conan (03/21/2006).  Letters: raising credit scores. Talk of the Nation (NPR), Newspaper Source, Retrieved (7/22/08) from EBSCOhost database.

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